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NATO and the EU urge G7 nations to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

Apr. 18, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

CAPRI, Italy (AP) — Top NATO and European Union officials urged foreign ministers from leading industrialized nations on Thursday to take quick, concrete steps to provide more air defense systems and artillery to Ukraine, warning that continued delays could tilt the war in Moscow’s favor. ...

Belgian and Czech leaders exhort the EU to react amid concern over Russian election interference

Apr. 18, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Belgium and the Czech Republic are warning their European Union partners to take urgent action to prevent Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, after the two countries’ intelligence services uncovered evidence of attempts to bribe EU lawmakers. ...

Hungary's leader calls for change at the top in June European elections at a far right gathering

Apr. 17, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Wednesday urged voters to reject mainstream political parties in upcoming European Union elections for their failure of leadership and said Ukraine must never be allowed to join the bloc or NATO. Orbán, the keynote speaker...

Paris prepares for 100-day countdown to the Olympics. It wants to rekindle love for the Games

Apr. 17, 2024 04:43 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — In Paris' outskirts, a bright-eyed young girl is eager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to end. That's because the swimming club where 10-year-old Lyla Kebbi trains will inherit an Olympic pool. It will be dismantled after the Games and trucked from the Olympic...

Dozens of Russian athletes are likely to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Will Moscow let them go?

Apr. 17, 2024 04:19 AM EDT

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — With 100 days to go until the Paris Olympics, it’s still not clear whether any athletes from Russia who are expected to qualify will actually go. The question is whether Moscow will accept the conditions that the International Olympic Committee set for...

The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

Russian soldiers who quit Putin's war get no hero’s welcome abroad as asylum claims surge

Apr. 15, 2024 18:41 PM EDT

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — If the choice was death or a bullet to the leg, Yevgeny would take the bullet. A decorated hero of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Yevgeny told his friend and fellow soldier to please aim carefully and avoid bone. The tourniquets were ready. The pain that...

Blinken assures US support of Black Sea allies as Ukraine urges military aid during conference

Apr. 15, 2024 10:58 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The U.S. secretary of state assured allies bordering the Black Sea on Monday that they could depend on his country's support to make the region more secure, prosperous and integrated. Addressing the attendees of the Second Black Sea Security Conference in...

Today in History: April 14, Abraham Lincoln is fatally shot at Ford's Theatre

Apr. 14, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today is Sunday, April 14, the 105th day of 2024. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin” at...

Ukraine's military chief warns of 'significantly' worsening battlefield situation in the east

Apr. 13, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's military chief on Saturday warned that the battlefield situation in the industrial east has “significantly worsened in recent days,” as warming weather allowed Russian forces to launch a fresh push along several stretches of the more 1,000 km-long (620-mile)...